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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – Oct. 27, 2013

  • Ancient Galaxy Farthest Ever Seen, 'Canyon of Fire' Rips Across Sun and More

    This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
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    CREDIT: C. Pulliam & D. Aguilar (CfA) Earth-Size Planet Population: Kepler Planets
    This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Scientists now say that one in six stars hosts an Earth-size planet.
  • Ancient Galaxy Is Farthest Ever Seen

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    CREDIT: V. Tilvi (Texas A&M), S. Finkelstein (UT Austin), the CANDELS team, and HST/NASA z8_GND_5296 Galaxy 1024
    The zoomed panel on this space wallpaper highlights the galaxy known as z8_GND_5296, which was recently confirmed to be the most distant galaxy known, hailing from only 700 million years after the Big Bang.
  • Spectacular 'Canyon of Fire' Rips Across the Sun in NASA Video

    Magnetic Filament on the Sun
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    CREDIT: NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory 'Canyon of Fire': Magnetic Filament on the Sun
    A magnetic filament of solar material erupted on the sun in late September, breaking the quiet conditions. Image acquired Sept. 29-30, 2013 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. NASA officials dubbed the solar view a 'canyon of fire' on the sun.
  • Sun Erupts With Two Major Solar Flares (Video)

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    CREDIT: NASA / SDO Powerful X1.7-Class Flare - October 25th, 2013
    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this view of an X1.7-class solar flare on Oct. 25, 2013 (left). X-class solar flares are the strongest solar storms the sun experiences.
  • Alien Planet Count Passes 1,000 Worlds, a Milestone

    This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
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    CREDIT: C. Pulliam & D. Aguilar (CfA) Earth-Size Planet Population: Kepler Planets
    This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Scientists now say that one in six stars hosts an Earth-size planet.
  • Japan Test-Fires 'Space Cannon' to Shoot Asteroid

    An artist's illustration of Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft arriving at asteroid 1999 JU3 in 2018.
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    CREDIT: JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita Japan's Hayabusa2 Mission Envisioned
    An artist's illustration of Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft arriving at asteroid 1999 JU3 in 2018. The mission launches in 2014 to collect samples of the asteroid and return them to Earth.
  • Zap! NASA Laser Breaks Space Communications Record

    LADEE Moon Probe's Laser Communications Experiment
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    CREDIT: NASA LADEE Moon Probe's Laser Communications Experiment
    An artist's conception of NASA's moon-bound LADEE spacecraft using lasers to communicate with Earth.
  • Debut Test Flight Looms for Orion, NASA's Next Manned Spaceship

    First Test Flight of NASA's Orion Capsule
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    CREDIT: NASA First Test Flight of NASA's Orion Capsule
    Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1, for the NASA Orion multipurpose crew vehicle is targeted for a September 2014 liftoff. The unpiloted Orion will travel high above the Earth’s surface, and then return to Earth in a high-speed re-entry. This test will evaluate several of the most significant aspects of a deep space mission and re-entry, a precursor to Orion’s first human-rated flight.
  • How Satellites Watched Russian Meteor Explosion from Space

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    CREDIT: Alex Alishevskikh (ground-based photo)/Satellite view courtesy of Steven D. Miller, Colorado State University Chelyabinsk Meteor Trail Satellite View
    This photograph shows the meteor trail near Chelyabinsk, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013 at about 9:21 a.m. local time, with corresponding DMSP satellite image from about 9:25 a.m.
  • For Sale: Balloon Rides to Near-Space for $75,000 a Seat

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    CREDIT: World View Enterprises, Inc. World View Enterprises Balloon Flight
    World View Enterprises of Tucson, AZ, plans to offer suborbital spaceflight in a capsule lifted by balloon to 18.6 miles (30 km), which then glides back to Earth.
  • 1st Private Cygnus Supply Spacecraft Leaves Space Station

    The first privately built Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. is released from the International Space Station's robotic arm on Oct. 22, 2013 to end its first test flight to the station.
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    CREDIT: NASA Orbital Sciences Cygnus Leaves ISS
    The first privately built Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corp. is released from the International Space Station's robotic arm on Oct. 22, 2013 to end its first test flight to the station.
  • Should We Remake Mars in Earth's Image?

    How Mars Rocks Could Preserve Signs of Life
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    CREDIT: NASA How Mars Rocks Could Preserve Signs of Life
    Mars may have once been covered with liquid water oceans, just like Earth.
  • Extraterrestrial Etiquette: How Should Humanity Interact with Alien Life?

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    CREDIT: Columbia Pictures aliens humans
    When we meet them, will they remind us of . . . us? Here, human-like aliens from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Last week scientists discovered the most distant galaxy ever confirmed, a NASA video revealed a 'Canyon of Fire' ripping across the sun and the alien planet count passed 1,000 worlds.

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